Cancellation of the Regional Equestrian League disappoints Asian Games finalists

MUMBAI: Due to the post-May 3 blockade extension, Amateur Rider Club (ARC), a prestigious civilian riding and equestrian sports club in Mumbai, has announced the cancellation of the Regional Equestrian League (REL) until normality returns.

Asian Games Finalists Yashaan Khambatta and Kaevaan and Zahan Setalvad Those who were eager to fight for the national title in their national territory were disappointed.

When asked about the cancellation, Yashaan Khambatta, who was the first Indian ever to have advanced into the final round of show jumping class at the Asian Games 2014, said: I was looking forward to the REL to move onto the nationals for which I have been training daily at ARC. There have been very few events this year owing to the lockdown. Am hoping it ends soon and gives me enough time to prepare for the Asian Games 2022.

2018 Asian Games Finalist Kaevaan Setalvad He said: It was exciting to win the Nationals last year in Meerut and I was looking forward to the REL this year to win the title again. Hoping to return to the grounds and start training again soon.

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Commenting on the development, ARC President Shyam Mehta said: It is regrettable that the REL should be canceled. However, our priority today is to ensure everyone's safety. We have among the best talents in the country and we would like to give them every opportunity to do well and win national and international competitions.